Insanity by Susan Vaught

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Insanity by Susan Vaught is a YA Horror novel of a psychiatric hospital with a history of turning those who inhabit their walls insane, and the group of teenagers who come together in an attempt to stop the next murder from happening.

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insanityNever, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing….When the dead husband of one of Forest’s patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.


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This book was a rollercoaster of a read.

The story is chopped into four sections each told by different characters. We get to explore a different side of the Lincoln Psychiatric Hospital that slowly turns darker and introduces more magical elements to their world.

My favorite section of the story was Part 2. Going into this book, I was hoping for the scare-factor to rise up, and this section hit that point. Between the creepy soft-playing music out of nowhere and the ghostly creatures that stir in the dark, I found this to be the only portion of the story that rose the Scare Factor to 3/5. I read this in a darkened room, and I could feel my heart start to race a little more.

But that was it. Even though there are spooky elements in the story, I didn’t find the rest of the book to be frightening. Which, of course, was a little bit of a disappointment.

As the perspectives come together, I did find myself enjoying the content of the book. My one big problem with this book was how my mind found most of the novel to be a little on the ‘not-interested’ side and there would be multiple times that I found myself at the bottom of the page with absolutely no clue what I just read. So, even though the pages contain an interesting plot, I would find myself drifting away from what I was reading. Well, except during Part 2 which I was really loving.

Overall, I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. The characters surprised me as I was able to get in their heads during their portions of the narration. There is a lot more to this one than a simple ‘scary’ story in an haunted hospital. I don’t want to spoil the last few perspectives, but if you like a wide variety of Halloween-type elements, this can be a good starting point to explore this fall season.


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Published: 18 February 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Pages: 384

How I Read It: Hardcover


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